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Illinois needs fair, progressive revenue

To the Editor: Illinois’ ongoing – and indefensible — ‘budget impasse’ has one principle architect: Governor Bruce Rauner, and his attempt to link anti-union reforms to the passage of a balanced state budget. This manufactured crisis highlights the need for a critical – and fundamental — remedy: the need for Illinois legislators to create stable,(…)

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a long standing history of breeding politicians and political figures. But with any politics comes some form of financial corruption or deceit from candidates and their campaigns. RunClean.org is trying to change that. On Sunday at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., RunClean(…)

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Policing isn’t working. This was the tacit agreement underlying a series of criminal justice-themed lectures at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School, last week. On Thursday, Nov 5., Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board, a quasi-judicial body that decides the guilt or innocence of police(…)

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are showing off their acting, and spelling, skills in their latest production. On Nov. 13, the players will begin their six-show run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will come alive on stage at the University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Community(…)

HPAC exhibition explores African American identity

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Take one step into the Hyde Park Art Center gallery room that now houses Jefferson Pinder’s latest exhibition, “Onyx Odyssey,” and you’ll find yourself standing below dozens of charred, wooden billy clubs suspended in mid-air. Walk two steps to your left and you’ll be staring at a white, neon outline(…)

Arne Duncan helps Hyde Park group

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) celebrated its 166th anniversary at the organization’s Make Way for Children Benefit Luncheon on Nov. 5 at the Casino Club, 195 E. Delaware Pl. The successes of the CCCS, 5467 S. University Ave., have recently been honored when their Next Step Program received a(…)

Chamber of Commerce celebrates

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Even though the businesses in Hyde Park range from 51st Street to 60th Street, one night a year, they all come under one roof to celebrate each other’s work and the community they work so hard for. The 76th Annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce (HPCC) awards dinner took place(…)

Blackstone Library open for Veteran’s Day

While many municipal institutions will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, Blackstone Public Library, 904 S. Lake Park Ave., will be open during its regular hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To contact the Blackstone Library call 312-747-0511.

Police misconduct records released to the public

Police misconduct records released to the public

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Misconduct complaint records for over 8,500 Chicago Police officers are now easily accessible to the public through an online database launched today by the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The database is titled “the Citizens Police Data Project” and is available at cpdb.co.(…)

Health happenings at Kozminski

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The upcoming colder months make health and wellness top priority in our communities. Kozminski Elementary School will host its annual health and wellness event Thursday to help families guard against cold, flu and other non-seasonal ailments. During the health and wellness event, which will take place at 4 p.m. at(…)

Clown Care at La Rabida brings laughter to aid patients

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Laughter can sometimes be the best medicine, which is why children at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., will be treated to a clown carnival on Tuesday. Big Apple Circus Clown Care will bring in the clowns, games and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all the(…)

The celebration of storytelling

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)

U.of C. student among top Illinois scholars

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Lincoln Academy of Illinois will honor the state’s top university and college students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capital in Springfield. At the event, Student Laureate Cynthia J. Avila, of the University of Chicago, will speak on behalf of all(…)

District wide issue needs local action

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local school councils usually focus their monthly meetings on their individual schools’ needs and issues. Last Wednesday night, at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the topic turned to a pressing problem that is facing not only Bret Harte, but also every public school in Chicago. Bret Harte(…)

Marsha’s Music turns 15

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Marsha’s Music, a school that incorporates musical learning into early childhood education, will host a 15th anniversary celebration, Nov. 15, at its new home in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Marsha Melsheimer, the school’s founder, was a preschool teacher at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Big Shoulders Fund shows its impact at St. Thomas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since 1986, the Big Shoulders Fund has been helping over 85 catholic schools in Chicago and surrounding areas by providing materials, scholarships and resources. One of the schools that benefits from the help of the Big Shoulders Fund is St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. Today, the(…)

Publishing talks at SHoP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer November is National Novel Writing Month, where aspiring writers pour out their words to create the story that has always been in their heads. But what happens after the story is written? Finding a publisher can be a chore for some writers, but self-publishers are making the task at hand(…)

Terisa Griffin CD release concert tonight at DuSable

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Chicago fans can celebrate with Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, Terisa Griffin, at a Pink Carpet release concert for her CD “Revival of the Soul” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.; $30 (VIP $60 includes cocktail reception at(…)

Review: “East of Eden”

Review: “East of Eden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 When Steppenwolf Theatre announced that it was kicking off its fortieth season with the world premiere of Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” directed by ensemble co-founder Terry Kinney, excitement ran high. Even theatergoers who(…)

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $30-$48 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for “Ride the Cyclone,” Jacob Richmond, who co-authored the musical with Brooke Maxwell, says the inspiration was a desire to humanize the idea of a mass tragedy(…)